Flat, Hurdles, Fences
Approx no. of meetings
Rail from London St Pancreas (1 hour 10 Mins approx.)
Bus from city centre on racedays (15 minutes)
Railway station to Racecourse (Two miles South East of city)
Taxis - Download the app from www.swiftfoxcabs.co.uk
2 stands each with a bars in the basement, fast food outlets, and several tote offices including stand alone and in bars. .
Stayed in the Marriot which is 4-5 mile away. Lots of places closer in city centre.
Standard and Premier enclosure, discount in advance, student and concessions on the day.
(1) Return after challenge complete
April 8th Date– UK Tracks Visited (7))
So the fabulous guys on the door asked the crucial question, "have you been before?" Obviously this started a conversation about doing all the tracks in the Uk and Ireland and the welcome we have received at the tracks we have so far visited. Nice guys (see the photo) and as ever passionate about their racing and their home course.
The track itself is well laid out and absolutely beautiful. The two grandstands, one seated (Premier) and one unseated afford a fabulous panorama of the track which in the case had the usual oval and the additional sprint section which runs out to 7f. The races were a little on the short side but they acted as a perfect foil to the events of the day at Aintree and Newcastle which were both jumps and 2m or longer.
Under the stands you have the usual tote, bar`and food court areas. In this case the onsite booking is Betfred so that is also available for a little cheeky greyhound action if you should so desire. Food and drink were reasonably priced and it was easy to get served, but I imagine on big race days (and based on comments we have seen online) it can get busy here so carry Mr Hipflask as a back up plan. The chip prices are good and I am tempted in the memory of the late Pete Mccarthy (McCarthy's bar) to start an index of the relative cost of eating and drinking at tracks; today was very reasonable.
On the subject of bars, the best find of the day was the winning post. Fuelled by wine, spirits and the amazing "Steamin' Billy" ale this was a crow's nest affair at the top of the premium stand. Complete with chandaliers, faux bookcase wallpaper and the most charming and hospitable barstaff ever; this is the one to seek out when you get there. If you wish to venture out to the terraces, there are plastic "glasses", but Madam Hoof and I have our standards so we finished our drinks first.
A successful day with both of us picking up winners at Aintree inbetween the small field runs at leicester. When the time came to leave, we had a stroke of good fortune. In the gentlemen's cloakroom, there was a sign for a local cab company which had its own Apple or android app (detail above). After a short download, we booked a cab for leaving time. Ten minutes early, we were texted the car details. The fare back to the hotel was less than what we had paid for the journey to the track.
Our only issue today was the small fields, but other than that a thoroughly enjoyable time. We would probably wait to return for larger numbers of runners, but with it being Aintree week, we know it is complicated time of year. Another great track filled with good people.
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